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janestclair

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  1. Same here. Black walnuts bigger than golf balls. It sounded like we were under attack. The worst part is, I can't even clean up all the nuts because I'm allergic.
  2. I'm glad I work in a public school and we don't have office parties or gift exchanges. I'm more than a little annoyed at the IRS. My dad still hasn't gotten his stimulus despite a letter saying it was mailed on May 15th. Today, I called and finally got through to a person, and they were completely useless. Basically, I was told he has to wait. Well, that's fine, but want to know if it actually got mailed out. Is it lost in the mail, or did the IRS never actually mail it out? He didn't have access to that information. Then, to add a wrinkle, the amount is $2400, according to the letter, except my mom died in January, so I asked about that. Is there a number I can call to get the check made out to the correct amount? He didn't know. So what, pray tell, is his purpose? My mother (who worked for the IRS for 30 some odd years) is probably rolling in her grave right about now.
  3. Teaching remotely is a super pain in the ass. Obviously, there's no expectation of continuity of instruction, so that's a problem. I feel like I am doing more work than I would if we were in school planning and prepping all these activities my students can do at home, and then I have to grade their poorly handwritten and photographed assignments (no typing because they'd all just pass around the same document) and provide meaningful feedback, all while attempting to not go blind using my district issued laptop's miniscule screen with muddy resolution. Good times.
  4. What monitor did you get? Now that I'm teaching from home for the foreseeable future, a bigger monitor is definitely needed or I'm going to go blind trying to decipher student's chicken scratch handwriting off blurry images of the worksheet they printed out.
  5. We found out late on Friday that school is cancelled for the next week. I suspect that it will be longer, but that my district is waiting for the governor to make the call for the entire state. We are doing online learning so that the days still count toward the required 180, and tomorrow is a snow day so that the teachers like myself can put together all the relevant materials to put online for the kids. My gut feeling is we'll be out at least until May, so I brought home every answer key from now to the end of the year just in case. I went to the grocery store yesterday for perishables, and there was no milk whatsover except for the non-dairy milks. I grabbed the last container of oat milk, since I'm allergic to almond and don't like soy. They also didn't have bananas, which was basically the only other thing I needed. So I bought junk food instead. If I'm going to be stuck in my house, I'm going to gain ten pounds eating junk. I don't understand the stockpiling, but I doubly don't understand buying all the milk. Milk expires. It doesn't freeze particularly well. What are people going to do with all the milk they bought?
  6. I went to Target on Saturday specifically to pick up discounted chocolates, and they had nothing! All the Easter stuff was already out at full price. Disappointing.
  7. One of the grocery strores near me sells a package of 3 peppers - red, yellow and green. I love all peppers, except green, which I find bitter. Oh, and the sad red peppers in frozen meals, though I find fresh ones delightful. Technically they are all the same, just different stages of ripened fruit. For me. it's finding mushrooms in things. I loathe mushrooms.
  8. I snorted just thinking about it. My rewatch stalled out on Season 3. I just could not get past Hell Money. Hoping to have time to pick it back up during winter break, though I may just skip that episode or I'll never get any further.
  9. My dad does that all the time. Sometimes it's the middle of a conversation we never even started at any point, and yet somehow he expects you to know what he's talking about. It is exhausting.
  10. Cefdinir was the antibiotic I took after my wisdom tooth extraction. I didn't have any bad side effects, other than the fact that it was an uncoated generic pill that was the most bitter thing I ever put in my mouth. I could taste the bitterness all the way down my esophagus, and it made everything I ate taste like brussels sprouts. I like brussels sprouts, but not when I'm trying to eat mashed potatoes. It was so weird.
  11. Thanks for validating what I thought. I wasn't sure if I was reacting that way because I honestly don't really like her in general. She's always rubbed me the wrong way because she has a very high opinion of herself and tries to show off. Good to know my perception of her wasn't affecting my reaction that's she's an asshole for asking. I also asked an AP colleague who knows her and he agreed as well.
  12. Today a fellow teacher emailed me to ask if I could send her my materials to help her tutor a student in the subject for which I am the AP teacher at our school. She is tutoring a non-district student and being paid for her time, probably very well. There is usually only one AP teacher in a given subject in a school, and we make up all our own materials that fit the curricular requirements. It is not an easy course to prep for. Even if I use a pre-made worksheet I'm always tweaking it to fit my needs and those of my students. My course is the result of 14 years of careful thought and consideration, that I created for my own use to teach district students. Even I don't do private tutoring for out of district AP students because it's very difficult. It would be different if she was teaching another section of AP and wanted to look at my materials to get a feel for the course, and I would have no problem sharing to get her started. Or even if she asked for a particular worksheet on a particular topic. But she asked for access to my teacher drive, which would be all of my materials. If she doesn't have materials to tutor the kid, she shouldn't have agreed to tutor them. Plus, not for nothing, I don't think she has the content knowlege to do a good job regardless. Am I an asshole for thinking that she's an asshole for even asking? Obviously I said no.
  13. I chew gum when I have a sore throat. I shouldn't because I did have TMJ issues last year, but actual mentholated throat lozenges make me nauseated. The gum keeps my mouth moistened and has a cooling effect. My thermostat is screwy and it's making me crazy. Why does it keep setting itself to 85 degrees? I feel like I'm suffocating.
  14. I didn't think that was awful, but I wouldn't buy it again. On the other hand, I could bathe in the Wegmans cilantro jalapeno hummus it's so good.
  15. I have an appointment for Thursday to take my car in for an oil change. I made the appointment last Thursday. So far I have gotten three emails and one text message reminding me of my appointment that is still 4 days away. I know there will be more reminders between then and now. Then, after I have the oil changed and pick it up, I will get no less than 3 emails, one telling me my car is ready (usually I've been driving home for at least 15 minutes when I get that one), one thanking me for using MazdaDealer, and one to do a survey. Related to that peeve is that I am peeved with myself. I wasn't paying attention on Thursday (because I was looking at my mileage and thinking about how I needed to make an oil change appointment) and I backed into my garage door while it was still opening. It should've been open by that point but yeah. I'm an idiot. I will also need touch up paint at the dealer. There's a dent too, not a big one, and I don't particularly care about it, but I don't want the paint chip to rust. Bah.
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